Tyler West said performing in Blackpool with Strictly Come Dancing would be “the cherry on top of the pie” in his experience on the show so far.
Kiss FM Radio DJ, 26, will be one of the remaining eight celebrity contestants and their dance partners to compete in the Tower Ballroom on Saturday as the BBC show returns to the seaside town after a two-year absence ball because of the pandemic.
West nearly won a spot at the special show after he landed a scary dance match last week with Tony Adams – but was given a free slot after the former England footballer forced to withdraw due to injury.
Of the upcoming performance, West said: “It’s a surreal feeling. I feel very lucky.
“And it’s like a bit of a relief to know that you’ve spent all that time getting you to this point in the performance, then you can finish and put the show in the Blackpool ballroom, and it’s going to be crazy – honestly, the best thing ever.”
The presenter added: “I think it was like being part of that magical moment. In the end, it feels like we’re back on track, back to some sort of post-pandemic normality.
“Honestly, it’s like the cherry on the cake.
“Just thinking about some boy from the South London estate now dancing in front of millions is a surreal feeling but then going to Blackpool is a bit epic.”
West and his partner Dianne Buswell will perform salsa for KC & The Sunshine Band’s Megamix as they take to the dance floor to impress the judges.
West suggests that his performance will involve “everyone moving and grooving”.
Buswell added: “We were salsa dancing and it was like we were on a soul train.”
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The Australian dancer, who competed in Serious in 2017, had only danced once at Blackpool before – in 2018 with her partner Joe Sugg, who was a finalist that year.
She said: “We did it and it’s a really special memory in my head because it was the first time Joe got a 10 and he cried (and) cried and (I never) now see that side of him before. “
Buswell said she probably knows more about Blackpool than many people living in the UK.
“I grew up in Australia but I knew about Blackpool because it was so famous for dancing and I never forgot to beg my mom, ‘Mom, can we go to Blackpool?’,” she recalls.
“But obviously it’s a bit far from Australia and, you know, pretty expensive so mom would always (say), ‘We can’t go.'”
She added: “It feels like six-year-old Diane is getting the dream she’s always wanted because it’s just a place for dancers to dance.”
West said he feels “anxious” because he cares but generally feels more “excited” to go on stage.
“This is a completely different discipline for me,” he added. “I’ve never danced like this before and it’s going to go out there and perform in front of millions of people.”
Blackpool has delivered some memorable Serious moments over the years, including the entrance of former shadow prime minister Ed Balls in 2016, when he was lowered from the ceiling to play the piano before stepping out. dance floor to have fun with Katya Jones.
Another dance standout that saw Ann Widdecombe dance the samba alongside professional partner Anton Du Beke, both dressed in bright yellow, with the former Conservative MP winning the lowest score of the night was 13 out of 40, in 2010.
The remaining couples will hit the dance floor at the Tower on Saturday 19 November at 7:45pm, with the results to be shown on Sunday 20th November at 7:20pm on BBC One.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/tyler-west-says-blackpool-strictly-performance-will-be-cherry-on-the-cake-42157106.html Tyler West says Blackpool’s serious performance will be ‘cherries on cake’